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News site says sorry to football boss over ‘false and damaging allegation’

Nigel PearsonA regional news website has apologised to a football manager after publishing a “false and damaging allegation” about him.

The Leicester Mercury’s sister website Leicestershire Live has said sorry to Nigel Pearson over an article published on 19 August this year.

The article in question was entitled “‘I stumbled off’ – Former Leicester City favourite lifts lid on infamous Nigel Pearson bust-up”.

In an apology published on Friday afternoon, Leicestershire Live accepted no physical confrontation or contact had taken place between Mr Pearson and former Leicester defender Matt Mills, as had been reported.

The apology states: “The article reported that former Leicester City captain, Matt Mills, had been confronted by an unprovoked Nigel Pearson and that the two had come to blows during their time at Leicester City following a chat in the manager’s office.

“We accept that there was no physical confrontation or contact between Nigel Pearson and Matt Mills and regret not contacting Mr Pearson to establish the true position before publishing this false and damaging allegation about him.

“We are pleased to take this opportunity to apologise unreservedly for the distress that it caused to him.”

Mr Pearson managed City between 2008 and 2010, and then from 2011 to 2015 – guiding the club to both the League One and Championship titles during his respective spells there.

Most recently he managed Watford FC, from February to July this year.

HTFP has approached Leicestershire Live for further comment.